A few kilometres along the road from Botsmark to Vindeln is Västermark nature reserve. A marked walking or skiing trail takes you through the area. Many interesting plants and mosses typical of old-growth forests can be found here, as well as birds like the Siberian jay, capercaillie, and black woodpecker.
About 1km from the parking lot, you find a cabin, ”Kvarnbäckskojan” called after the nearby stream Kvarnbäcken. The cabin has a fireplace and beds and matrasses for 4-6 people. Bring your own bedlinen!
The picture shows a moorlands spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza maculate). More information about Västermark here.
The highest point in Umea municipality, Loberget, gives a magnificent view over the surrounding landscape. When the weather is good you can see the ships in the Gulf of Bothnia, more than 70km away. During summer you can reach Loberget by foot from Botsmark, good shoes required. Alternatively you can drive around and get closer by car, and walk only the remaining 800m from the other side. Especially around midsummer the midnight views are fantastic. During winter Loberget can be reached by snow scooter.
At Loberget there is a watchtower that allows you to view the surroundings from above the trees. Once the tower was used to spot forest fires. The person on guard would sleep in the cabin next to the tower, to resume duties the next morning. The cabin is now accommodated with beds and matrasses for 4-6 persons (bring your own bedlinen), an outside toilet, and a fireplace nearby.
NOTE THAT THE WATCHTOWER IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REPAIR.
Just two km outside Botsmark, at the shore of lake Botsmarksjö is Sanabadet beach and campingsite. The quiet Sanabadet with its beautiful view over the lake is a popular among tourists, but also the favourite place for locals to go swimming on a hot summer day. A limited number of places is available for campers/caravans. Toilets and showers, as well as a lakeside sauna. Open from ###-###. Prices: ???.